Join us for a week of free films - free venues, free entry and free films. We explore global issues of social justice, inequality and diversity.
The Story of a Girl Project is a unique series of films, which narrates subtly the storytellings of HIV positive-women from around the globe. Self-filmed with narrative professional filmmaking, the project explores nuance of epidemic by focusing on the people behind the epidemy than the disease where datas cannot found.
The Lifeboat Project is a web-documentary that focuses on the experiences of families living in Europe as they come to terms with HIV/AIDS. Here, a story of a married Dutch couple, Piet and Mirjam, affected by HIV, talk about their experiences of wanting, having and loving their children. Illustrating how love and dreams can play such a vital role in human strength and the desire for new beginnings.
Nyumbani, a Kenyan-based charity, have developed a visionary solution to the legacy of HIV/AIDS in Kenya.Through the love of a Catholic Sister and the charity she set up, this documentary shows us how Nyumbani has helped thousands of orphaned children to refill the gap left by previous generations wiped out by this disease in a tough country where HIV is still a taboo.
The award-winning filmmaker and Emmy-nominated cinematographer, Aaron Kopp describes an amazing group of people living on a small sustainable farm in Swaziland, the country with the world’s highest HIV/AIDS rate. This documentary paints a serene portrait of the women and children who are, in their own small way, turning the epidemiological tide.
The stories of beautiful children from India. Children who are living with HIV or have been orphaned by AIDS. These are the abandoned and malnourished street kids, the sons and daughters of sex workers and the victims of human trafficking. Shot in Pune, India at a place called Santvana (which means comforter), a home run by Dr Lalita Edwards.
Part of Vice's Correspondent Confidential, a series of illustrated documentary shorts narrated by award-winning journalists. This short animation the photojournalist Mimi Chakarova talking about her journey deep into the underworld of international sex trafficking. A short animation about her film, The Price of Sex, where she posed as a prostitute while working undercover in brothels in Turkey and Dubai.
In Spring 2012 HDL Russia heard an unbelievable story. It was a story of a trafficker, his subsequent transformation and his work rescuing girls trafficked into prostitution in Moscow. Hope Dies Last was privileged to jump in with the team doing frontline work and made this short video to give much-needed attention to a problem that is not just isolated, but epidemic.
The true and harrowing accounts of lives affected by the virginity trade that exists in Cambodia today, told from all sides of this nightmarish story of Cambodian girls. Intimate and revealing interviews are held with the men who buy the virginity of young girls, politicians, the police, senior NGO's and the victims themselves.
A day in the life of a London cocaine dealer. "Based on an interview with an anonymous drug dealer (known only as ‘Mr’ to us) and a series of text messages from his clients, Jamie Jessett’s stylish and inventive documentary cleverly mixes audio, abstract imagery and an inventive use of onscreen text to provide an insightful and entertaining glimpse into an often unseen lifestyle." - Short of the Week
Filmmaker and recovering heroin addict, Garry Fraser, takes us on a journey as he faces some demons from his past. In doing so he takes us to the heart of his community that was ripped apart by an AIDS epidemic during the 1980’s. The story reveals a poor community struggling with addiction and the spread of a virus that killed a large proportion of their youngsters. This is an open and heart rending journey where Fraser needs to face some grim challenges before moving forward with his own life.
An in-depth portrait of a drug addict seeking redemption. Addicted to opiates for almost 20 years, film-maker David Graham Scott decides to opt for a quick fix. The radical detox agent ibogaine puts the user into a gut-wrenching hallucinatory state for 36 hours, from which he emerges cleansed of his addiction. But several fatalities have been reported in connection with the unlicensed drug, and Scott must weigh up the options before embarking on the trip of a lifetime.
In two parts, the story describes a subtly powerful portrayal of a young woman, Marie, trapped within the spiral of a controlling and abusive relationship . The problem of Marie and Fred's relationship comes into focus during preparation for an evening dinner party. A "real fiction" that would reach people and somehow make them change their attitude about psychological violence.
Mandevilla, an award winning film created specifically for the Korean American community deals the domestic violence by epicting inner conflicts of a man. As the Mandevilla, a flower blooming again with the sunlight, with help, this film shows a message of hope for affected families that they can stop the violence and start to heal.
Screening followed by a Q&A session with Mridul Dahwa, Information and Education Officer at Shakti Women's Aid and Denise Stephani, Director at OABI Organization for Battered and Abused Individuals
August 2011. While the willingness for dialogue and reconciliation has fallen off the public agenda in Israel and Palestine, the International Emmy award winner, director Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27 Israelis and Palestinians for an extraordinary dialogue workshop. (A project called "History through the Human Eye" led by the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) – bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and Reconciliation).
When Russian President Vladimir Putin banned gay "propaganda" in June 2013, Russia's LGBT community went from being a stigmatised fringe group to full-blown enemies of the state.The Vice team travelled to Russia ahead of February's Sochi Winter Olympics to investigate the effects of the country's state-sanctioned homophobia by meeting everyone: from young members of Moscow's LGBT community and core gay rights activists, to one of Putin's spin doctors and the lawmaker behind the repressive anti-gay propaganda law.
In 2005, children of sex workers in Kolkata's Sonagachi red light district came together to form their own organisation, Amra Padatik (Foot Soldiers), drawing inspiration from the work that their mothers have been doing to demand their right to sex work as work. The Film journeys through the lives of six Amra Padatik members whose entangled realities do not paint a picture of helplessness, but of political assertiveness and social consciousness. Stereotypical images of their suffering are something that many of them identify with, yet, far from despair and fear, in the face of adversity, their responses are far more complex, hopeful and strong.
"Normal" examines the complex trajectories traced by migrants in the global sex industry and interrogates represention of victimhood. Unheard stories based on original interviews with people working in the sex industry in UK, Albania, Italy. Actors portray all the characters in order to guarantee the anonymity and safety of the original interviewees.